Saturday, November 7, 2009

Leaf cutter ant stumbles

I have posted leaf cutter ants previously out in the forest, but these attracted my attention for several reasons. They were carrying bright red leaves rather than the typical green leaves. This trail of leaf cutter ants was not in the forest, but was in a parking lot in Playa Langosta.

It appears to me to be a challenge for tiny ants to carry leaves much larger than they are, but the gravel added to the challenge, in comparison to walking across the smooth forest floor. In fact, in this photo it appears that there are two ants and one of them has taken a tumble off the higher gravel stone and is on his back struggling with the leaf as the ant right behind him has walked up to the scene of the accident.

5 comments:

brattcat said...

The struggle to survive distilled beautifully in this single image.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very cool photo. a splash of red caused by the ingenuity of an ant and the backdrop of white rock, which to an ant must seem like an amazing obstacle course at its level

Sharon said...

I wouldn't expect to see these guys in a gravel parking lot.

Jacob said...

Fascinating. Great photo with the red against the gray stone.

What do these ants do with the leaves?

Lachezar said...

Amazing image!

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